Asia

Retreat to Thailand

By Sharron Livingston, August 26, 2016

As I dangled my feet in the cool, salt water of the L-shaped infinity pool on the roof of Villa 28, the sun warmed my face while a breeze from the Andaman Sea below tickled my hair. On the rocky outcrop of Koh Fann, the 12-metre high Golden Buddha with its palms up in Mara posture was so alive with sunlight that it seemed to wink at me from the mountainous horizon.

It was a glorious scene.

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Where to find the jewels in India's crown

By Anthea Gerrie, February 18, 2016

It's India, but not as we know it. Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is so green, cosmopolitan and manageable, it seems quite removed from the chaos of other major cities in the sub-continent.

This is less to do with the city being the high-tech capital of India than its geography.

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Good morning, Vietnam!

By Andy Mossack, February 11, 2016

Early morning in Ho Chi Minh City - or Saigon as the locals call it - and the traffic is jaw-dropping. A sea of mopeds running more than 10 rows deep along the stretch of road. A bike buzzes past laden with a family of four carrying a huge basket of kitchen utensils and a rolled-up carpet. Another has a fridge strapped to the rider's back and another bouquets of flowers.

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Hong Kong and Macau: Bridging the gap

By Judith Baker, October 16, 2015

A new bridge linking Hong Kong and Macau should make a two-centre trip combining these former British and Portuguese colonies a reality. The project, linking the cities' colonial charm and cosmopolitan buzz, is due to be completed in 2016. We take a closer look at both destinations.

Hong Kong

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Get away now, while duty calls

By Sharron Livingston, January 17, 2014

Phuket, Thailand
Island life

Why go:
Phuket is Thailand's largest island and its curvy coastline of white sands, leaning palms and clear waters is traditionally the most popular.

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Become a wild fan of Borneo

By Helen Oon, March 13, 2013

As the speed boat skims over the choppy sea, galloping over the water from Kota Kinabalu to Gaya Island, a mere 15-minute boat ride, a Borneo adventure awaits.

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Impressions of Vietnam

November 17, 2011

For a land protected by the cosmic spirit of the Blue Dragon, this is a developing country and a booming destination in Asia.

Photo journalist Alice Nower captured her journey around North Vietnam from its heady metropolis of Hanoi to the paddy fields that carpet the landscape of Sapa further north.

Hanoi, located in the Red River Delta, is Vietnam's cultural heart and soul and it is the cap

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In search of the golden fleece

By Judith Baker, August 25, 2011

Stretching from The Black Sea to the Caucasus Mountains and lying on the cusp of Christian Europe and Islamic Asia, Georgia is an enchanting mix of old and new, with a pretty landscape that combines mountains and a pretty coastline.

In the space of just a few days you can ski in the mountains, swim in the Black Sea and embrace an amazing culture in the churches, castles and cave-towns, enjoying

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Walkies on the wild side. It's time to join the cub

June 10, 2011

Ever since I had a close encounter with tigers on a safari in India, I have been smitten with these magnificent creatures. Sadly they are becoming an endangered species.

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The Maldives measure up for relaxation

By Barry Toberman, November 25, 2010

Looking out from the privacy of our villa terrace at Coco Palm Bodu Hithi, the view is almost exclusively sun, near cloudless sky and sea, punctuated on rare occasion by a fellow guest snorkelling in the lagoon. Other than the waves of the Indian Ocean lapping against the stilts on which our secluded villa stands, barely a sound intrudes.

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